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Thirty years running and the Forest City Road Races is still chugging along a good path with almost 2,000 people taking part in this year’s event Sunday (April 29).
Just as many people, if not more, lined Wellington and Queen streets to cheer on the runners to give them a boost.
"Today's been overwhelming . The turnout that we've had for registration the last few days has been phenomenal and numbers are up all across the board as far as donations, a record day for all that stuff," said race director Steve Ryall. "We're already starting to talk about what's going on next year."
The races ran all morning with the half-marathon (21.1 kilometre), 10- and five-kilometre races and a one-kilometre fun run to draw in fierce competitors to your basic walkers.
In the five-kilometre race Kyle Golovchenko took the win with a time of 18:03 while Jimmy Phillips placed second with 18:16; in the 10-kilometre run Clinton Smith finished 18 seconds ahead of Brandon Graham with a time of 33:18; and Josh Lumani fell to the ground as he crossed the finish line at 1:14:44 in the half marathon.
For the last 30 years, the Forest City Road Races have helped gather donations for the Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC).
“Everything they’ve done for us has mad a big difference,” said John LaPorta, CEO of TVCC, after finishing his 15th Forest City Road Race.